Bus driver’s suspension ‘nonsensical’

first_imgAshburton Guardian 11 Aug 2012Methven school bus driver Fred Rijbroek was laying low yesterday as debate over suspension from his job raged around the country. Many on national talkback radio and on Facebook came out in support of the 63-year-old, who was suspended for one week on full pay, after he physically lifted a boy on to his seat. He will return to the job on Monday. Even Family First launched into the debate, saying the suspension was “nonsensical”, and such cases would make parents and teachers “too afraid to administer any physical control or restraint of children”. Mr Rijbroek, at home in Methven yesterday, said he had had various media contact him, but had been told by his employer Methven Travel not to speak about the case. He confirmed the incident occurred as had already been reported though, that a five-year-old was being “hyperactive and boisterous”, and that he picked the boy up by the middle and “firmly placed” him on his seat. He had earlier told the boy to sit in his allocated window seat, but the boy wanted to continue playing. Mr Rijbroek told him he would have to sit down when the bus doors were shut, but the boy started kicking his school friends and upset a girl by taking her book. After Mr Rijbroek took the book off the boy and put him on to his seat, he behaved well for the rest of the journey.Meanwhile, Methven educators are comfortable with the suspension, and are pleased correct procedure was followed to deal with the incident. Principal Chris Murphy at Methven Primary School, where the student attends, said a Methven Area Bus Group representative had met with him a few days after the incident to explain the investigation which was under way. “I think it is a very stressful situation being responsible for that number of kids, and driving a bus,” Mr Murphy said. However, having to put hands on a child should be a last resort. “At the end of the day, students’ welfare and students’ safety is the prime concern,” he said.http://www.ashburtonguardian.co.nz/news/todays-news/8233-bus-drivers-suspension-nonsensical.htmllast_img read more

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Wenger questions Man City defensive quality

first_img Loading… Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City they risk going the same way as his Arsenal. “That shows that it’s not easy to find the defenders who strengthen their team. Everybody is looking for defenders. “When I was at Arsenal everybody says ‘Well you have to find defenders’ but we’re sitting there saying; ‘well, big defenders are not anymore easy to find even with a lot of money’. Read Also:Wenger to amend offside law in a bid to end VAR row “They have disappeared and that’s why they have a job to do there. If they lose Laporte until the end of the season it could be a handicap for them in the Champions League. The Premier League is decided so that has gone, now their target they have the quality to win the Champions League but of course they need to be solid defensively.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The Frenchman, who managed the Gunners for 22 years, was a pundit on BeIN Sports’ panel during City’s 2-1 first leg Champions League win against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. “I think Man City spent a lot of money on defenders,” he said. “If you look over four or five years they spent a huge amount of money.Advertisementlast_img read more

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2 US firefighters killed in Australia sent home

first_imgThe repatriation ceremony for Paul Hudson, U.S. firefighter who died in an air tanker crash in Cooma, while fighting the bushfires, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Feb. 5. SYDNEY AIRPORT VIA REUTERS Mourners gathered on the tarmac atSydney Airport to see off Captain Ian H. McBeth, 44, of Great Falls, Montana,and First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, 42, of Buckeye, Arizona, as theirflag-draped caskets were lifted into aircraft for the journey home. SYDNEY – The bodies of two United Statesfirefighters killed battling Australian blazes were sent home on Wednesday inemotional ceremonies attended by officials and relatives.center_img The men and a third American, flightengineer Rick A. DeMorgan Jr, 43, of Navarre, Florida, were killed in a planecrash in remote bushland while battling fires on Jan. 23, in one of thedeadliest days of Australia’s most destructive bushfire season in a generation.(Reuters)last_img read more

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MOC for 20th National Sports Festival Inaugurated

first_imgThe Main Organising Committee for the 20th National Sports Festival in Edo State has been inaugurated.The 19-man MOC has the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola as the Chairman and the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu as Vice Chairman.On the inauguration, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung charged the MOC to be committed and let history be repeated through a successful hosting of the 2020 National Sports Festival. “I am entrusting this mandate in your custody believing that as we wind down, the transition process shall in no way affect the build-up and preparation for the next Festival.“I challenge you to look at service to humanity and the future and bear in mind the development of this great country.“It is also the responsibility of the MOC to educate Nigerians with advocacy, to appreciate the significance of the National Sports Festival and sports in National development. Sports has moved from recreation to big business. We must therefore use sports to promote peace and unity in Nigeria.“You have been saddled with a National trust of over 200 million Nigerians and the MOC must deliver on this trust. Let us harmonize all our experiences . The success of this Festival lies on synergy, mutual respect and commitment. Wherever I am in 2020, I will come around to celebrate the success of your hard work,” Dalung said.In his acceptance speech, the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola thanked the Minister on behalf of the MOC for the opportunity to serve.“With absolute gratitude to God and a very high sense of humility that I, on behalf of the members of the Main Organising Committee of the 20th National Sports Festival Edo 2020, accept our appointment.“The task is enormous and daunting but nevertheless not insurmountable. We appreciate the sacrifices involved and pledge to do our utmost best to deliver on the responsibilities assigned to us.“Having come out successfully with the organisation and delivery of the 19th edition of the Festival, we are confident that with the hindsight of the experience acquired by majority of the members and the cooperation of the LOC and support of all stakeholders, the Games will be a huge success”.Members of the MOC also include the Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Presidents of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee of Nigeria, Directors of Grassroots Sports Federation, Federations and Elite Athletes Department, Facilities and Stadia Management, Sports Medicine, Finance and Accounts, Press, Human Resources Management, National Institute for Sports, Planning, Monitoring and ICT, Director Sports Edo State, Fanny Amun, Simeon Oduyebo, Head, Legal Unit, Chairman, Committee Of States Directors of Sports, Representative of the Honorable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.The MOC held its inaugural meeting immediately after its inauguration.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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USS Midway played critical role in rescue missions throughout U.S. history

first_img Published on November 7, 2012 at 1:48 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories All hands on deck: Syracuse, San Diego State work to make Battle on the Midway once-in-a-lifetime eventcenter_img On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese forces overtook Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Immediately, thousands of at-risk Vietnamese joined a large number of Americans who needed to be evacuated from the area.In the wake of chaos, Operation Frequent Wind ensued.The U.S. Navy enlisted seven ships to conduct the evacuation process, and among those ships was the USS Midway.The Midway, constructed just after World War II, was called upon for its uncanny size. The ship alone rescued more than 3,000 Saigon refugees in less than 48 hours, which would later be recognized as the largest humanitarian mission in U.S. naval history.On Sunday, the Syracuse men’s basketball team will open its season against San Diego State in the Battle on the Midway in San Diego. The game will take place on the flight deck of the USS Midway, the very ship that saved thousands of lives on that dark, April day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom 1945 to 1955, the USS Midway was the largest ship in the world. In 47 years, from 1945 to 1992, it became the longest commissioned U.S. Navy carrier of the 20th century. When the ship opened as a museum in 2004, it attracted over 1 million visitors, the most of any museum in the world.The Battle on the Midway is the first-ever sporting event the vessel will host.“We’re not a sports venue, obviously. We are a naval aviation museum,” said Scott McGaugh, the marketing director for the USS Midway museum. “But to have a game here where the proceeds benefit military veterans is fitting.”McGaugh, a native of the San Diego area, has written three books and has appeared on the History Channel to discuss the Midway. He said the ship is better known for humanitarian missions than its role in actual military combat.“The ship spent less than 10 percent of its total life in combat,” McGaugh said. “It’s famous for its humanitarian missions, and that is something that we are particularly proud of.”Beyond the countless missions, the Midway is widely known for its outlandish size. The ship weighs nearly 70,000 tons, has a height equal to a 20-story building, a width of greater than 250 feet and a length of just more than 1,000 feet. The flight deck, where the basketball game will be played, covers an area of 4.02 acres.Jim Nash, the museum’s docent program manager, is in charge of the education of museum visitors, and often interacts with the large historical artifact. Nash said the Midway’s size has earned it a nickname in San Diego.“The ship is called a ‘city at sea’ because everything you would find in a city in America you would find on board,” Nash said. “We have our own post office, own little stores, our own barbershop, restaurants, a tailor and cobbler shop, and more.”On a single voyage, 4,500 men served on the Midway, and over the ship’s lifetime more than 225,000 would call it home for extended periods of time. The average age of Midway crewmembers, 19, is younger than every player on Syracuse’s roster, aside from freshman forward Jerami Grant.As for what this game means for the city of San Diego, McGaugh said the event is about more than two college basketball teams.“This is the birthplace of naval aviation, about 500 yards from where the boat sits today,” McGaugh said. “We have people asking to play games here all the time, but we pass on those opportunities.“But to bring in a nationally ranked Syracuse and have this connection between military and the city of San Diego, we had to do it.”The ship’s historian Karl Zingheim echoed McGaugh’s excitement for the historic event.“It is a unique pleasure to host this game,” Zingheim said. “And I am sure it will be truly memorable for everyone.” Commentslast_img read more

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No. 6 Syracuse fails to convert late in 12-11 overtime loss to No. 13 Notre Dame

first_imgKayla Treanor lined up at the 8-meter mark with 1:45 left in the second overtime period and Syracuse trailing by one. She twirled her stick and tapped her back foot.As the whistle blew, Treanor charged toward the net and ripped a low shot that Notre Dame goalie Liz O’Sullivan stopped with her leg. For the 10th time in the game, Syracuse couldn’t score on a free position shot and this time it was its last chance.“We certainly had plenty of opportunities,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “I sort of feel a little bit like a broken record on that one.”Every time the Fighting Irish pulled ahead, Syracuse was able to find an answer, but never took a lead of its own in the second half. Five times Syracuse trailed by two goals but the No. 6 Orange (9-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t convert on late-game chances and fell to No. 13 Notre Dame (8-5, 3-3), 12-11, in front of 570 in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.“It really was who was going to get that last one to go in the back of the net,” Notre Dame head coach Christine Halfpenny said. “It could have gone either way.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNotre Dame started the game with two quick goals, but SU countered and netted four in a row before UND scored a buzzer-beater to tie the game at four at halftime.Later in the second half, the Fighting Irish pulled ahead 9-7 before SU midfielder Taylor Gait scored twice on off-ball cuts to the net. On the second, Gait’s defender fell to the ground and pounded her hand into the turf after the goal went in with five minutes left in the game.“Treanor was getting double teamed, triple teamed so that really helped me get open and she found me and I luckily made it,” Gait said.The Orange won the next draw and SU attack Riley Donahue went on to cut through the middle, then ripped a shot off the post.SU midfielder Gabby Jaquith charged toward the cage and had her shot saved from just a few feet out, but was fouled on the play. She fired high to the right on the free position, but O’Sullivan was there for the save.“It’s just stepping up to that line knowing what you’re going to do and have confidence in it,” Gary Gait said. “… We stepped up to the line and we just said, ‘I’m going to run in and I hope I can shoot the ball in the net.’”Notre Dame took the ball the other way and scored, but a late goal from Erica Bodt forced overtime.But in the first overtime period, Notre Dame scored two goals within a minute and 18 seconds. “Relax, Gary,” a Notre Dame fan yelled as Gait shouted at the referees from the sidelines.Devon Collins brought SU within a goal, but the Orange couldn’t find a way to tie it again. Majorana tried to fight through the middle, Bodt sailed a shot over the net on a free potion and Treanor was stopped on her late chance.Only a minute and a half remained and SU was finally out of chances.Halfpenny turned to the fans in the crowd and waved her arms up and down, yelling “Let’s go!” As the seconds ticked off the clock, the Notre Dame bench counted along.The buzzer sounded and the Fighting Irish sprinted onto the field. Notre Dame defender Barbara Sullivan ran and jumped into O’Sullivan’s arms before throwing her stick across the field in celebration.“I felt like it was March Madness,” Halfpenny said, “but we’re in April, now, and it’s lacrosse.” Comments Published on April 8, 2015 at 12:28 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Coach Konadu confident of victory over Morocco

first_imgBlack Satellites Coach Maxwell Konadu says he is eager to enhance his career by qualifying the team for the Africa Youth Championship with victory in the final qualifying round against Morocco. The Satellites host Morocco on Sunday at the Tamale Stadium in the first leg of the last round of qualifiers ahead.Things are working for the former Black Stars striker since switching to coaching barely five years ago with success in the premier league as Coach of former club Asante Kotoko last season. He is currently assistant coach to ex team mate Kwasi Appiah in the Black Stars and has been charged to qualify the Satellites for Algeria 2013.“This is the last qualifier so we need to win convincingly and we are working towards that”, Said Coach Konadu“We will defend well not to concede a goal here and try to score more goals to make the return leg a mere formality .we just hope everything will go well and I know the guys will make Ghana proud”.The Black Satellites team which has been preparing in Tamale ahead of Sunday’s game beat second division side Tamale Utrecht 3-2 in a trial match played at the Tamale Stadium on Wednesdaylast_img read more

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Super Cup: Essien in Chelsea squad to face Bayern Munich tonight

first_imgGhana midfielder Michael Essien has been named in the Chelsea squad to face European champions Bayern Munich take in Friday’s UEFA Super Cup in Prague.Essien has not played for Chelsea so far this season yet he was part of the squad that traveled with UEFA Europa League winners.The Ghanaian is expected to play a part in the Super Cup match even though he has not played for Chelsea so far this season.As Chelsea fly out to Prague to face Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup, stars Romelu Lukaku and Michael Essien enjoy the flight.The pair are yet to make their mark for the Blues this season but that is clearly not bothering the duo as they flick peace signs to the camera in the air.Jose Mourinho will be up against Pep Guardiola once again in the match, whilst the two teams will face each other for the first time since the dramatic Champions League final of 2012. Blues boss Mourinho has never lifted the Super Cup but if he succeeds this time round it will give Chelsea their second Super Cup, with the club having previously won it in 1998.Mourinho, who has restored John Terry to the starting lineup after he lost his automatic first-choice status under Benitez, has pointed to the pressure Guardiola is under to at least match last season’s historic achievements.While Bayern recovered to prevail in the following year’s decider against Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea redeemed themselves for a group stage exit with success in the UEFA Europa League, teeing up a shot at payback for Bayern at the Stadion Eden in Prague.last_img read more

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Report: DEA launching probe into how Angels’ Tyler Skaggs obtained drugs

first_imgOne federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ESPN that fentanyl has been showing up “everywhere, even in marijuana.”Skaggs’ family retained prominent attorney Rusty Hardin to represent them when the Southlake Police Department opened its investigation into the pitcher’s death. The family is also seeking to learn how Skaggs came into possession of the opioids that contributed to his death, including who supplied them.In a statement released by the family when the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office released its autopsy report on Aug. 30, it was suggested that an Angels employee might have been responsible for supplying the drugs.“We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them,” the statement said.The ESPN report confirmed that no Angels team employee has been connected to Skaggs’ death or targeted as of yet in the investigation being conducted by the Southlake PD. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter,” Angels team spokesperson Marie Garvey said in statement in the ESPN report.After the autopsy report came out, it was reported that Major League Baseball will conduct its own investigation into the matter and will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids with the players’ association.“For several reasons, including the tragic loss of a member of our fraternity and other developments happening in the country as a whole, it is appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement earlier this month.center_img The Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation to determine where Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his July 1 death in Southlake, Texas, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported on Wednesday.An autopsy released Aug. 30 found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol along with alcohol in Skaggs’ system when he was found dead in his hotel room. The fentanyl drew the attention of federal investigators, the report, which quoted anonymous sources, said. The report noted that the DEA frequently gets involved in fentanyl cases in an effort to track down the source of the drug.The powerful synthetic opioid has been linked to a number of high-profile drug-related deaths, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller. Finding the sources who are behind the distribution of fentanyl has become a high priority.Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room hours before the Angels were to begin a series against the Texas Rangers, having choked on his own vomit.last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Predators’ Pekka Rinne pulled after just 14 minutes

first_imgThis would qualify as help.Mats Zuccarello scores a power play goal to make it 4-0 #GoStars pic.twitter.com/rigzKmCePC— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) April 18, 2019Rinne is one of the most consistent goalies in all of the NHL and was coming off a fantastic Game 3 performance in which he stopped 40 shots in a 3-2 win.The 36-year-old netminder has been great in goal for the Predators in the postseason in his career posting a .916 save percentage while allowing a mere 2.43 goals per game.But he is not immune to bad performances. NHL playoffs 2019: Lightning’s Jon Cooper, Ryan McDonagh address shocking Blue Jackets sweep Rinne was pulled from the Predators’ Game 7 loss in the Western Conference semifinals last season after 11 minutes when Nashville fell to the Jets 5-1 at home.He gave up five goals on seven shots in that game. Pekka Rinne was not ready for what the Stars were bringing in Game 4 on Wednesday.The reigning Vezina Trophy winner was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shot attempts in 14 minutes in Dallas.center_img He was replaced by Juuse Saros in the net.The final goal came off the stick of Mats Zuccarello, who came over from the Rangers at the trade deadline to help out the Stars’ struggling offense. Related News NHL awards 2019: Three finalists named for Mark Messier Leadership Awardlast_img read more

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